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Kathryn Bertacchi

Kathryn Bertacchi

B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz

M.B.B.Ch.B, University College Cork School of Medicine

Kathryn received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is passionate about advocating for marginalized and stigmatized populations. As an undergraduate, she mentored at-risk mothers and pregnant women and also worked as a caregiver for elderly and mentally disabled. Kathryn worked as a scribe in an Emergency Department in San Pablo, CA for several months prior to starting medical school at the University College Cork School of Medicine in Ireland. She excelled in medical school and was awarded the title of College Scholar for her high performance. Her research interests are in healthcare systems for disenfranchised populations, focused on the LGBT population and cultural differences in attitudes towards psychiatric illness. Outside of medical school, Kathryn enjoys playing the flute, backpacking, kayaking, painting, and cooking.

Cody Browning

Cody Browning

B.S., University of Georgia

M.D., Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Cody spent his high school years in Macon, GA, and attended the University of Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude from the Calhoun Honor College.  In medical school at MUSC, Cody developed an early interest in health policy and advocacy.  In his first year, he co-founded and served as Vice-President of the Health Policy Interest Group.  He also helped found the “Advocates for Care” student group that works to extend healthcare to more members of our community through training and media outreach.  His rotation evaluations were excellent and comment on his compassion and ability to form rapport with challenging and complex patients.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two miniature dachshunds, cycling, golfing, and barbecuing.

 

Brandi Burke

Brandi Burke

B.S., Michigan State University

M.P.H., University of Michigan School of Public Health

M.D., Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Following an undergraduate degree in microbiology from Michigan State University, Brandi attended graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and received her MPH in hospital and molecular epidemiology. Her project evaluated testing and inappropriate antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections. In medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, she was involved in a research project looking at the use patterns of smartphone app mental health interventions in recently hospitalized patients with schizophrenia. She also took on teaching roles, assisting in histology lab sessions and tutoring first year students. Her clinical rotation evaluations comment on her enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Brandi enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, trying new foods, and running.

 

Justin Ellis

Justin Ellis

B.A., University of Houston

Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

M.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Justin completed his medical school education with Research Honors at Texas Tech University after graduating Magna Cum Laude in History from the University of Houston. During medical school, he took a year and a half hiatus to work at the National Institute of Mental Health, exploring genetic variation in schizophrenia using post-mortem human tissue and induced pluripotent stem cells. This experience was formative in developing his research aspirations, and after graduating from medical school Justin enrolled in a graduate program at UCSF where he earned his PhD studying the characterization of postnatal migrating interneurons in the ferret prefrontal cortex and the effects of hypoxia on postnatal migrating interneurons. During grad school, while working in the lab, he also volunteered his time at the UCSF Early Psychosis Clinic where he realized his passion for working with patients and families with first episode psychosis. He has also volunteered his time with a NAMI program called Ending the Silence which seeks to reduce stigma and increase education regarding mental illness amongst high school students.  He has co-authored two publications in Biological Psychiatry and presented posters at the annual meetings for the Society for Biological Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, and Society for Neuroscience. Outside of medicine and science, Justin enjoys cooking, playing guitar and rock climbing. He once day hopes to climb The Nose on El Capitan.

 

Michael Lucido

Michael Lucido

B.S., Florida Institute of Technology

M.D., Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Ph.D., Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Michael completed his medical school education, earning an MD/PhD from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo. His undergraduate work was at the Florida Institute of Technology where he majored in Psychology and Chemistry. There, he was awarded the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry, the Dr. J. Clayton Baum Award for Excellence in Academic and Research Achievements in Chemistry, and the President’s Award for Campus Service. While in medical school, Michael actively volunteered his time tutoring first year medical students in the basic sciences and was involved in community outreach with Physicians for Human Rights and the Heart Smart Community Education Group, and the American Medical Women’s Association. While a graduate student at the University of Buffalo, Michael worked at the Hauptman Woodward Institute, using x-ray crystallography and biochemical techniques to study the structure and function of human cyclooxygenase-2 with a particular emphasis on aspirin-mediated inhibition. He first authored a publication published in Biochemistry and was a co-author on two other publications. He has presented numerous posters at scientific meetings. When not working in the lab, Michael enjoys a variety of activities, including baseball, karate, chess, trivia, gardening, hiking, collecting music, and reading/writing science fiction.

 

Elon Richman

Elon Richman

B.S., University of Florida

M.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences

Elon graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Florida where he was also the recipient of two academic scholarships. After graduating, Elon worked as a high school math and science teacher in the public school system in Miami, FL.  He also had the opportunity to travel extensively in Asia and the Middle East. Further travels brought him to SCUBA diving in the Caribbean, freedom seekers in Cuba, and serving in a Honduran Clinic.  During medical school, Elon was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. He volunteered with Global Health Made Local, an organization that matches medical students with families in need of health guidance in Beer Sheva, Israel.  In addition, Elon volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights, which assists communities around the world through health outreach. His research interests at Ben Gurion University were focused on palliative care, where he published a case report and book chapter after experiences in the Golan Heights.

Elon is proficient in Hebrew, and enjoys creative writing, backpacking, swimming, and playing the cello, saxophone, and guitar. 

 

Adam Rudolph

Adam Rudolph

B.A., University of Miami

M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Adam grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and attended college at University of Miami where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in religious studies. In undergrad, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and based on his academic achievements, he was selected as a peer advisor for 20 pre-health college students. Adam has a passion for working with urban underserved communities, sparked by an internship at a federally funded HIV clinic in Bridgeport, CT, where he interviewed HIV-positive patients and conducted a research project examining the comorbidity between mental illness and HIV. Adam has also published an abstract and presented a poster at the American Thoracic Society’s international conference, regarding a study that investigated the common timing and clinical causes of calls to a rapid response team at a community hospital. Adam went on to medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where he continued to be inspired by psychiatry’s dedication to caring for stigmatized populations. During medical school, he also worked for the Norma Pfriem Breast Cancer Center where he helped educate women in the community about the importance of early detection and screening.  His clinical interests include psychosomatic medicine, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychotic disorders, and psychotherapy. His clinical rotation evaluations comment on his energy and enthusiasm, as well as his good sense of humor.  In his free time, Adam enjoys playing basketball, hiking, strength training, taking his two Salukis on walks, and live music.

 

Ashley Subler

Ashley Subler

B.S., Miami University

M.D., Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Ashley graduated magna cum laude from Miami University with a B.S. in zoology. She took on significant leadership roles and was elected president of her class during medical school. She is a two time Gandhi Scholarship recipient for her extensive community involvement. She was also awarded the Dean’s Award upon medical school graduation; an annual award given to a medical student who displayed academic excellence, embodied empathy and compassion, and exemplified personal integrity and professionalism. She also completed the Boonshoft International Health Program Track, traveling to Ghana and South Africa for international rotations. In residency, she served as the 2019-2020 co-recruitment chair and will be Emory University Hospital Chief Resident for the 2020-2021 academic year. Ashley is interested in geriatric psychiatry, and during her spare time she enjoys painting, running, and cooking.

David Thylur

David Thylur

B.A., Whitman College

M.D., Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

David graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of USC with distinction in research and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for outstanding academic achievement, professionalism, leadership, and service to the medical school and the community. As he has progressed through his training in psychiatry, he has been drawn to taking care of patients with schizophrenia. His research focuses on how immune dysfunction contributes to the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. His hobbies and interests include cooking Indian cuisine, baking bread, hiking, technology, and spending time with his wife and their two dogs.

Jack VanBezooyen

Jack VanBezooyen

B.A., University of California, Irvine

M.D., Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Jack graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A in Political Science with emphases in law and global politics. He then attended medical school at USC where he was highly engaged and served in a number of leadership positions including president of his medical school class, delegate to the Associated Students of the School of Medicine and group leader in his Health Literacy selective course. He volunteered throughout medical school in the USC Student-Run Clinic, which is a multi-disciplinary clinic that serves the homeless and other underserved populations. He is also proud to have been involved in education as a tutor and instructor throughout his academic life in a broad range of disciplines, from health policy and advocacy to anatomy and physiology. His current academic interests involve psychosomatic medicine, psycho-neuro-endocrinology, palliative care and medical education. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking with his two dogs, cooking with friends and family, sculpture, and motorcycle riding, repair, and rebuilding.